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How to De-Clutter Your Wardrobe

If you are looking for more closet space, you will need to take a long hard look at your walk-in wardrobe. If it is bursting at the seams with clothes, shoes, hats, bags and accessories the time has come to de-clutter.

But the process of sorting through things, deciding what needs to go and what must stay can be a long, drawn out process. Just how do you decide what to keep and what to recycle or re-purpose?

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Here are five steps to reclaiming the space in your sliding door wardrobe;

Step 1 – Boxes and Time

The first problem when it comes to de-cluttering is underestimating the amount of time it will actually take, especially if you drag everything out of the wardrobe in one big heap.

It may take several hours – you don’t have to complete the de-cluttering tasks all at once – so set aside a few hours to make a start or a whole day if you are determined to complete the project all in one go.

Always have plenty of boxes and recycling bags for clothes to hand so that you are not left with piles of items waiting to be recycled at some point in the future.

Step 2 – All-in-one Method or Section-by-Section Method

There are two methods to dealing with de-cluttering of your walk-in wardrobe:

  • The all-in-one method involves completely emptying the wardrobe – don’t sort things as they come out of the wardrobe; just pull everything out into the main bedroom and sort through it.
  • The section-by-section method is perfectly feasible too and works best if you have only a short burst of time in which to get through the de-cluttering process.

Step 3 – Three Piles

Now that you have the contents of your walk-in wardrobe in one mass pile, you need to start the process of sorting through it.

Again, there are many outfalls but one is spending too much time deciding whether to keep the item etc. Speed is of the essence!

Pick up an item and designated it to one of three piles:

  1. Keep
  2. Recycle
  • Maybe

The smallest pile at the end of the process should be the ‘maybe’ pile as this is only for items that is really difficult to decide. The keep pile should be things that you want to keep, are practical and you will wear or use. The recycle pile should be fairly sizeable.

Top tip – in deciding whether to keep something, if you have not used it or worn it in the last six months, it should go on the recycle pile. If this sounds too harsh, extend this time frame to 12 months.

Step 4 – Clean and Organise

Clean the walk-in wardrobe and then put back the things you are keeping, but organise it so that you can access things when you need them.

Step 5 – Deal with the Other Two Piles IMMEDIATELY

Take the maybe pile and store it somewhere for the next six months – if you don’t use anything out of it, take it to the recycling. And the recycling pile needs to be donated to charity, placed in the recycle bank or taking to the recycling depot immediately.

Now sit back and admire your hard work!

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